Abdominoplasty (Tummy Tuck)

Abdominoplasty explained

All the loose skin and fatty tissue are removed through a large incision usually from hip to hip. The muscles may also be tightened to give a firmer result. There is usually a scar around the navel if it is re-sited. Dr Kelly will inform you of the exact nature of the scars during the consultation. This operation is carried out under general anaesthetic and will take approximately 3 hours.

You are likely to have suction drains in place, which will be removed before you go home. The stitches will be removed 2 weeks post operatively. You will be asked to wear a support binder for 6 weeks post operatively and will be able to return to work between 2 –4 weeks following the surgery, depending on your occupation.

All the loose skin and fatty tissue are removed through a large incision usually from hip to hip. The muscles may also be tightened to give a firmer result. There is usually a scar around the navel if it is re-sited. Dr Kelly will inform you of the exact nature of the scars during the consultation. This operation is carried out under general anaesthetic and will take approximately 3 hours.

You are likely to have suction drains in place, which will be removed before you go home. The stitches will be removed 2 weeks post operatively. You will be asked to wear a support binder for 6 weeks post operatively and will be able to return to work between 2 –4 weeks following the surgery, depending on your occupation.

Some of the reasons for undergoing an Abdominoplasty "Tummy Tuck":

  • Unattractive loose skin on abdomen
  • Stretch marks on abdomen - caused by multiple pregnancies or significant weight loss
  • Old scars from previous surgery
  • Inability to wear brief underwear/ swimwear due to excess skin/fatty tissue
  • Desire to have a flatter abdomen

Before your Tummy Tuck Surgery

Dr Kelly may ask you to lose some weight before the procedure will be performed so as to optimise the effects of the Abdominoplasty. It is advised to have completed your family before having the procedure done – pregnancy is not advised following this operation.

The day of your surgery

Dr Kelly will visit you in the ward and mark your abdomen with a pen in preparation for the tummy tuck surgery and ask you for your final consent to the procedure being performed. It is also advised that any last minute questions you may have are asked at this time.

When you awake from the surgery you will find your support corset in place and your knees bent- this takes the strain off your lower abdomen and helps with discomfort. Drainage tubes and a urinary catheter will also be in place, and painkillers will be provided to you if needed.

You will remain in the hospital for 1 –2 days.

Going home

You will need to rest considerably after your procedure. You will need someone to look after you to relieve you of your general chores, such as shopping, household duties and childcare. Please be aware that you will feel tired for the first few weeks following your surgery. For a week you will need to put no strain on your lower abdomen, remaining in a bent-over position while moving around the house. If you need to cough, sneeze or laugh, support your abdomen with your hands as well. Try avoid constipation by having lots of water and fibre in your diet.

The dressing and corset need to stay in place, clean and dry until your follow up consultation with Dr Kelly. It is advisable to refrain from any strenuous exercise or work for up to 6 weeks. Most people can expect to return to a normal sedentary occupation after 2 weeks.

It is very important that you attend the appointments, which have been made for you.

Benefits of Abdominoplasty (Tummy Tuck)

  • Increased overall self-confidence
  • Wider choice of underwear and swimwear
  • Ability to wear more fitted clothing
  • More youthful appearance

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